Open sourcing is about learning from each other, collaborating and doing things for yourself. Rather than waiting for a product to be designed and sold that solves a problem you have, the open source market actively encourages people to use each others designs and knowledge to create a solution themselves. By combining the knowledge of various people with one’s own knowledge, a project can become virtually limitless. Idea formation and product creation is not restricted due to the internet, meaning that collaboration can happen across the world.
The principles behind open sourcing can be extremely beneficial in the healthcare sector. Not only can products be created that will help patients and staff, the attitude towards knowledge is important. Rather than trying to keep good ideas a secret, open sourcing requires knowledge to be made public. This makes knowledge open to anyone who may be able to help with a solution, whether they work within the sector or not and therefore a wider range of people who can help to find solutions to problems.